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I have pcos qnd just had a week long period that ended 7 days ago and now I just started again. Why is this happening?

I have pcos qnd just had a week long period that ended 7 days ago and now I just started again. Why is this happening?

PCOS: Pcos is notorious for causing irregular menstrual cycles, interfering with the desire to get pregnant and alters you fasting sugar levels much in the way as would a diabetic. Usually, birth control can help with regulating the menstraul cycles. You may also be placed on a medication called metformin in that will aid in preventing as well as treating diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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Taking beta sitosterol 1500 mg only (no meds I can tolerate) daily for PCOS. It reduces my T levels and gives me a period. Is this safe long term?

Taking beta sitosterol 1500 mg only (no meds I can tolerate) daily for PCOS. It reduces my T levels and gives me a period. Is this safe long term?

Lack of evidence: There is not much evidence to support the use of beta sitosterol for PCOS. The theoretical mechanism of action is that it would influence the enzyme 5-Alpha Reductase. Some studies have been done regarding Prostate disease but the outcomes were not promising ...Read more

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I have pcos, had brown spotting for a month before periods arrived and now period is lasting longer than normal and seem to be getting heavier with no signs of ending is this normal?

I have pcos, had brown spotting for a month before periods arrived and now period is lasting longer than normal and seem to be getting heavier with no signs of ending is this normal?

PCOS: It is not uncommon to have irregular period due to PCOS. Discuss use of OCPs with your physician to regulate your menstruation. It can also help with acne and facial hair that can commonly occur with PCOS. ...Read more

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I haven't had my period in 3 months and now that its here I've been bleeding for 10days. Moderate flow/passing clots. Wait longer or call GYN now? Pcos

I haven't had my period in 3 months and now that its here I've been bleeding for 10days. Moderate flow/passing clots. Wait longer or call GYN now? Pcos

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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How long is too long for a period? I'm 32 years old. On the pill. Period happen during non placebo pills. Heavy flow for 15 days. No pcos.

How long is too long for a period? I'm 32 years old. On the pill. Period happen during non placebo pills. Heavy flow for 15 days. No pcos.

Not normal: You need to be evaulated by your gyn, you will need an exam, blood work and ultrasound to start out with, you may need a different pill, but you need to be evauated first. Normally you should only bleed on the placebo pills and it should not be heavy. ...Read more

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I'm pcos patient.26age. Metformin 1000mg for 3 months. Periods regular 31-33 days long cycle. Want to get pregnant. Clomid? How? When? How much? Please

I'm pcos patient.26age. Metformin 1000mg for 3 months. Periods regular 31-33 days long cycle. Want to get pregnant. Clomid? How? When? How much? Please

Ovulation testing: PCOS patients often do not ovulate. If you are having regular cyclic periods now then you may be ovulating. Ovulation testing is the next step. This should be done before taking ovulation medication like Clomid. Consider a midluteal phase Progesterone blood test to help determine the next steps. ...Read more

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40y/o hx of CRC, PCOS, IVF, HNPCC-. Cyclic heavy bleeding (~3day clots) since mense returned 6mo ago after stopping breastfeeding. Spotting & dark bloody mucus b/w periods. Shortened cycle length & prolonged (12d+) bleeding. FSH 10.3. Is it normal?

40y/o hx of CRC, PCOS, IVF, HNPCC-. Cyclic heavy bleeding (~3day clots) since mense returned 6mo ago after stopping breastfeeding. Spotting & dark bloody mucus b/w periods. Shortened cycle length & prolonged (12d+) bleeding. FSH 10.3. Is it normal?

Short cycle/bleeding: At 40, and with an FSH of 10.3, the ovaries are requiring almost a menopausal level of FSH to ovulate a mature egg, which also creates a much higher level of estrogen, making the lining of the uterus thicken, which causes heavier periods. The cycle is shortened because you are ovulating at day 7-8 instead of day 14 or 15, so your periods will occur at day 21 or so. ...Read more

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Reached ideal weight but still get PCOS symptoms if not taking meds & period didn't return but symptoms improved. Why didn't this fully reverse PCOS?

Weight loss not cure: For PCOS, but it helps so congratulations. Ask your doctor whether Metformin might help you with the symptoms. ...Read more

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I took PT and found it nega for 2 tries ive been having pcos last 2013 bt have my reg periods already bt on may I haven't got my period yet?

I took PT and found it nega for 2 tries ive been having pcos last 2013 bt have my reg periods already bt on may I haven't got my period yet?

Not ovulating: Many things can affect your menstrual cycle frequency: stress, changes in medication, changes in weight, changes in physical activity, pregnancy. If you have a negative pregnancy test it may be that you aren't ovulating secondary to your PCOS or any of the above issues. It may be time to be evaluated by your obgyn ...Read more

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My period was 2 weeks late last month & its 1 week late this month. Same thing happend last year this time. Could this be cycle change Or PCOS?

Period: Are you taking any birth control or other hormones? If yes, it can be from hormonal changes. If no, it can sometimes be a normal variant but could also be PCOS. How much do you weigh? Do you have any abdominal pain? Consult with us to see if this needs a PCOS work up. ...Read more

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Am having regular cycle. But my period last only 2 days. Am getting ovolution symptoms too. Can I have pcos?

Am having regular cycle. But my period last only 2 days. Am getting ovolution symptoms too. Can I have pcos?

Unknown: PCOS usually comes with irregular menstrual cycles and a lack of ovulation. Some hormonal testing is needed for the diagnosis. Testosterone levels are usually elevated. The length of menstrual bleeding is non-diagnostic. ...Read more

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Last period was 4/17/17. Was diagnosed with PCOS on 6/13/17. Dr just prescribed Provera 10mg twice a day for 5 days. Is that the right dose? Too much?

Last period was 4/17/17. Was diagnosed with PCOS on 6/13/17. Dr just prescribed Provera 10mg twice a day for 5 days. Is that the right dose? Too much?

It's a fine dose: I usually prescribe Provera 10 mg per day for 10 days, but 20 mg per day for 5 days should do the same thing. The goal is to cause a "withdrawal bleed". Having a surge of progestin in your system, followed by the abrupt drop off in level of progestin, causes your uterine lining to shed, like a period. The bleeding should occur within a few days (up to a week) after stopping the Provera. ...Read more

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Saw new GYN. Dx of pcos since 12. Dr said I don't have it since I still get period every month 25-40 day cycles even though I have most clinical sympt?

Hard to answer: 12 is usually too early to diagnose PCOS as most 12 year olds do not ovulate every month yet. PCOS is also something that people can grow out of on occasion.
In order to diagnose PCOS a patient must have 2 out of the 3 following symptoms: irregular periods, signs of elevated testosterone (acne or hair growth) and polycystic ovaries on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can I have implantation bleeding 3 days after sex? I have PCOS and haven't taken a period for 4-5 months before now.

Unlikely: Assuming you are not pregnant, this episode of bleeding is probably anovulatory from PCOS. It's unlikely to have implantation bleeding just 3 days after intercourse. You should follow up with a gynecologist to help manage your PCOS if you don't have one already. ...Read more

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Was told if I stop Yasmin, bleeding will get worse. How do I make it stop? I have PCOS. I want to stop Yasmin and stop the spotting (not period).help

Was told if I stop Yasmin, bleeding will get worse. How do I make it stop? I have PCOS. I want to stop Yasmin and stop the spotting (not period).help

PCOS: Each case of PCOS will need to be managed individually. If you are not wanting to be on birth control pills you may consider a Mirena IUD. If you are wanting to get pregnant you may need to discuss options for ovulation help. Many PCOS patients struggle with obesity. Weight loss can improve the underlying causes of PCOS ...Read more

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I was 250lbs at 5'2. Now im 205lbs but my period is still absent irregular. I have pcos. Do I need to lose more weight to get pregnant? Will it regula

PCOS: Weight can contribute to having PCOS, and it is not always possible to determine how much weight loss may result in having ovulatory cycles. Continued weight loss may restore your cycle regularity, but if not, consult a gyn endocrinologist and ovulation induction will facilitate your ability to become pregnant. ...Read more

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Hello Dr, well I have PCOS and recently I stared taking metformin and brameston 2.5 but when I got my period it took 12 plus days (never happened befor?

Hello Dr, well I have PCOS and recently I stared taking metformin and brameston 2.5 but when I got my period it took 12 plus days (never happened befor?

Brameston effect: Brameston takes a while to regulate ovulation. You can have a variety of 'atypical for you' symptoms before it gets you fully regulated. If these symptoms persist, you need to follow up with you ObGyn. In the meantime, make sure you get enough iron to prevent anemia. ...Read more

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What does black, chunky blood mean? The blood from my period is black and extremely chunky... I have pcos but I am currently being treated for it, all the information I have read says that it happens when your period is late but mine isn't. I just wonder

What does black, chunky blood mean? The blood from my period is black and extremely chunky... I have pcos but I am currently being treated for it, all the information I have read says that it happens when your period is late but mine isn't. I just wonder

Black: Black and dark brown menstrual bleeding usually mean that the blood is not fresh, active bleeding. The body's clotting mechanisms are working to make the blood chunky. Brisk bleeding may be associated with large clots and bright red color. ...Read more